Closed-form formulae for European options under three-factor models



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Goard, J. (2019). Closed-form formulae for European options under three-factor models. Communications in Mathematics and Statistics, Online First 1-30.


In this paper, we derive new closed-form valuations to European options under three-factor hybrid models that include stochastic interest rates and stochastic volatility and incorporate a nonzero covariance structure between factors. We make novel use of the empirically proven 3/2 stochastic volatility model with a time-dependent drift in which we are free to choose the moving reversion target. This model has been shown by many authors to empirically outperform other volatility models in maximising model fit. We also improve the valuation of European options under the Heston volatility and Cox, Ingersoll, Ross interest rate model, recently published in the literature, by replacing open-form infinite series with closed-form analytic expressions. For completeness, we also add a fuller covariance structure in this setting and detail closed-form valuations for options. The inclusion of nonzero covariances amongst the factors can significantly improve option pricing by allowing for a wider variety of market behaviour. The solutions are derived by firstly formulating the price of a European call option in terms of the corresponding characteristic function of the underlying price and then determining a partial differential equation for the characteristic function. By including empirically proven models into our analysis, the options formulae could provide more realistic prices for investors and practitioners.

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